Are you “Team Burrito, Team Taco, Team #VanLife” or ALL THE ABOVE?

One of my greatest joys since joining our Cyclelogical team are the opportunities we get to create.  I can not articulate how REFRESHING it is to be in an atmosphere that encourages being “unique, different, sarcastic, giddy and just plain silly” when it comes to hatching ideas for our apparel designs.  Inspiration can come from conversations with others over coffee early in the morning or adult beverages late at night, doodles sketched on napkins, conversations with customers/new friends at events or my favourite ideas from things we experience and see while riding out in nature or around town. **See photos of some Tshirts that were “birthed” during rides in our national parks!!!

Collaborations are even MORE FUN…not only among our team at Cyclelogical headquarters but also with friends that are “all about what we do and join the process” of creating designs.  Two such people that are a delight to bounce ideas off of are Syd Schulz and Macky Franklin, who agreed to be our first “brand ambassadors” during our 10th Anniversary celebrating Cyclelogical’s existence.

If you are not familiar with these Awesome enduro athletes you NEED to check out their webpage: https://www.sydandmacky.com/about or even their youtube site: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu3Wc2GlCpyxGmX7N0EO5NQ/featured

One such interchange happened on one of my “worst days” of traveling.  I had been in Tucson preparing to go to Epic Rides’ 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. Unfortunately after filling up our Mercedes Benz SprinterVan (aka my “home away from home”;) with diesel that had been tainted with gasoline (how could I have known?!) causing the fuel system to fail I was stuck at the Tucson Mercedes dealership waiting anxiously to find out whether it could be repaired in time for 24Hrs and HOW MUCH would it cost as cold rain fell;(

In the midst of that dreary day…Syd and Macky just happened to be in town and came to visit me at the dealership (what a breathe of fresh air). While we sat their talking using the dealership business center as our own “mobile office” taking advantage of the amenities they offer;) we talked about plans for future rides, vlogs&blogs and looking through some new designs as well.  We had just turned our Taco Bike into a comfortable hoodie that given the cold, wet day Syd through on to keep warm.  The funny thing is not more than a minute I would say of putting on the Taco Bike she mentioned, “ughhh…so when are you coming out with a “Team Burrito” Tshirt…we eat those more often!!” LOL

SOOOO…as a direct result of that funny exchange on a miserable day in a Tucson dealership we just came out with a Tshirt as part of our “Syd&Macky collection” called Bike & Burrito Hauler that brings in tandem our mutual love for burritos and #vanlife (http://www.cyclelogicalgear.com/bike-burrito-hauler-ms-grey-syd-macky-collection/).  Then to further support our dedication to #vanlife we did one inspired by how they pack up their vans while traveling and competing called “Van Capacity” (http://www.cyclelogicalgear.com/van-capacity-ws-purple-syd-macky-collection/).

You need to check these exclusive designs and prints we offer online based on conversations with Syd&Macky and order them…fun Tshirts worth riding in. BE MORE AWESOME check them out and enjoy your weekend!!

-bs

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Clearing out the Cobwebs in my Airstream

Traveling for Cyclelogical to all our events all over California and the southwest means living hardcore #vanlife in our Sprintervan.  Admittedly it’s pretty cramped yet cozy but when I get home to my restored 1976 Ambassador Airstream…WOW, I feel like I’m living in a palace after existing in the Sprinter;)

However, the most ANNOYING thing about getting home to the Airstream are my “li’l spider friends” who use my absence as an opportunity to “expand their kingdoms” throughout.  Around the window on my plants, especially in the kitchenette area and in the bathroom (like in photos).  The worst is going for a shower or sitting down on “the throne” and getting wrapped up in cobwebs…YUCK!!!

As Spring is now here that got me thinking about “spring cleaning” and the need to clear out the cobwebs and junk in my own life.  Here’s what I like to take time to do…not just every Spring but at least monthly, if not weekly!

First, I tackle the “clutter” in my living/working spaces.  Life keeps happening at a whirlwind pace at times and it’s easy not to take time to put everything back where it should be. It’s so important to do that though. Get clean and folded clothes back in your drawers, receipts from traveling entered into spreadsheets and filed away and collect all the recyclables and actually RECYCLE them. Living in an Airstream doesn’t afford much space…so “as a rule” when I come back from an event with a new Tshirt I usually pick out an old one “to go” so that my closets aren’t overflowing with clothes I no longer wear (or fit into;)

Second, I figure out new ways to GET ACTIVE.  This can mean engaging in some physical activity, like jumping on my bike for a morning ride or even just taking more time to go to the post office on my bike and giving the Jeep a day off. It also can mean activating a project you were once passionate about that’s been on the shelf (like me and blogging;)

Last, I encourage you to take time to “share your story” with someone.  Like the cobwebs in my Airstream, as annoying as they are…they remind me that we are all interconnected.  We all are apart of a bigger web…a larger story from those who have gone behind us to those who come after us, it’s healthy to share that story.  Just this weekend at San Diego’s GranFondo, I had an amazing opportunity to get to know a young cyclist and photographer to hear his story and share mine.  There is something healthy and spring-like in doing that…helps clear out the clutter of bad things I need to “let go of” and actively practice gratefulness for the joys, experiences and lessons learned.

Enough with writing this…time to get active and clear some clutter in my office, peace!!! bs

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